OrderPaperToday – The Senate through its Committee on Air force has charged the military to use all the resources within its disposal in routing out the remnants of insurgents and terrorists marauding in parts of the country.

It specifically tasked the military to make the forests uninhabitable for bandits, terrorists, kidnappers and all forms of criminals.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ibn Bala Na’ Allah (APC, Kebbi South) gave this charge in his open remarks during a budget defence session at the National Assembly complex on Tuesday.

Na’Allah, while commending the military for their efforts in the fight against insurgency, tasked the military generally to intensify its onslaughts against insurgents and bandits for the required peace and development in the affected areas.

“The Air Force and by extension, the military generally, deserved commendation from Nigerians as far as war against insurgency and banditry is concerned but Nigerians want these enemies of the nation to be completely defeated as soon as possible.

“For us on this Committee and in the National Assembly, required appropriations in terms of procurement of weapons, armaments  and enhancement of welfare of officers and men in the military, shall be made since essence of governance itself  is security and welfare of citizenry”, he said.

Responding, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Isiaka Amao, assured Nigerians that end of savagery of the insurgents and bandits was in sight.

This assurance is coming three days after loss of a Senior Army Officer and four Soldiers to the Islamic State  West Africa Province ( ISWAP ) brand of terrorists in Askira Uba, Borno State.

He assured that the insurgents of whatever faction – Boko Haram or ISWAP- have been devastatingly decimated and degraded with attendant loss of fighters and weapons on weekly basis, making many of them to surrender voluntarily.

“Required onslaughts tactically and strategically are already mapped out to rout out the remnants of the insurgents attacking villages and military outposts in pretense of still being potent.

“In line with the core mandate of the Air force and military generally, the territorial integrity of Nigeria is being protected from against the insurgents and bandits who, in no distant time, will be completely wiped out,” he stated.

He added that as the 2021 budgetary allocations given the Air Force was judiciously used in prosecuting the war against the insurgents and bandits as well as improving the welfare of officers and men, the 2022 allocations will also be expended judiciously for similar purposes.

“In the face of challenges at hand, prudency and accountability have been the guiding principle of implementation of budgetary allocations by the Nigeria Air Force”, he said.


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